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Dubplate Bullets Volume 1
BOOTYFRUIT 007
05 Jun 12
Breakbeat
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DJ Maars - "Loose Juice" - (5:11) 151 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roast Beatz - "TDK Titan" - (3:42)
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Kill Emil - "World War" - (3:34) 141 BPM
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Cut La Vis - "Chop That Riddim" - (4:00) 135 BPM
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Summer Soundbwoy Vol 1
BOOTYFRUIT 014
18 Sep 13
Breakbeat
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Did It Like This - (4:14) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dub Jump - (4:47) 138 BPM
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Feelin' Irie - (3:57) 141 BPM
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Barrington Got Props - (4:18) 134 BPM
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Review: Four pristine, dub-flexed booty-busters from Southsea's sassiest soundbwoy Maars: highlights include a genuinely unique blend of Chali Tuna and Crooklyn over "Take Five", a wicked switch up with Outkast and Errol Dunkley on "Dub Jump", a skank-maxed rub of The Alkaholics on "Feelin Irie" and a super-tight mix of The Beatnuts and Barrington Levy on "Barrington Got Props". It might not be the summer anymore, but with this selection playing the sun will always be shining. Warm as toast.
Dusted Dubs EP
DDD 045
14 May 14
Dancehall/Ragga
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How High - (3:51) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nicely Cubed - (5:27) 82 BPM
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Take It Easy - (4:17) 91 BPM
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Who's World Is This - (4:34) 87 BPM
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Proper Produce Volume 3
BOOTYFRUIT 009
31 Aug 12
Breakbeat
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Dj Maars - "Come Dancing" - (5:12)
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Prince Pimms & General Tack - "Bad Influence" - (5:17) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Livingstone & Canosis (L&C) - "Hold It Down" - (3:30) 131 BPM
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Cris Crucial - "Like Dis" - (3:58) 155 BPM
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Review: Whatever you think of the artistic merits of bootleg mash-ups, they remain an integral part of DJ culture. What's more, these cheeky mash-ups often do more damage on dancefloors than the original material. This EP from the Booty Fruit camp - the third installment in the popular Proper Produce series - features four more bespoke bootleg jams destined to cause maximum dancefloor pleasure. There's a studied tastefulness to the lazy hip-hop reggae of DJ Maars' "Come Dancing", while the boom bap hip-hop funk of Prince Pimms and General Tack's "Bad Influence" is so expertly crafted it sounds like an original production. There's a tasty, sophisticated skank to Livingston and Canosis' "Hold It Down", while the fat beats of Cris Crucial's "Like Dis" casually steer clear of silliness.
Ghetto Funk Presents DJ Maars & Tom Showtime
GFD 15
03 Nov 14
Breakbeat
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Lion On My Side - (5:12) 108 BPM
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Happy Deals - (3:59) 108 BPM
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Funk Haffi Make - (4:30) 142 BPM
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Shake 'N' Break - (4:13) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Here the award winning breaks label Ghetto Funk presents its latest coup: the joint work of spectacularly named producers DJ Maars and Tom Showtime. It's all about the party jams here, with "Lion On My Side" kicking things off on an almost go-go tip with extra hands in the air vibes courtesy of some mean ragga MCing. Elsewhere 'Happy Deals" mixes vintage ska with some heavy sub bass, "Funk Haffi Make" is loopy ragga funk and "Shake N Break" wraps things up as a sunshine reggae/hip-house hybrid.
The Chippa Irie EP
BOOTYFRUIT 012
08 Apr 13
Breakbeat
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Heatwave Episode - (3:06) 140 BPM
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Hungry Busta - (4:09) 155 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rocksteady Up - (3:58) 149 BPM
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Champion Steez - (4:03) 149 BPM
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Review: Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
The Bling Tubby EP
BOOTYFRUIT 015
30 Oct 13
Breakbeat
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Rakim Riddim - (3:37) 154 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tubby People - (4:25)
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Dr DREAD - (4:21) 144 BPM
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BIG Future - (4:14) 127 BPM
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Review: It's a Southsea/Melbourne showdown as Maars and Showtime collide for a series of sparkling slices of dub-informed booty business. "Rakim Riddim" takes Rakim's "Heat It Up" and lays it down softly over a Levy-style digi dub groove. Elsewhere we find "Still D.R.E" laid down over a buoyant skank while Biggie's "Big Poppa" gets the Trojan treatment. Impeccable funk fusion on an international level.
Proper Produce Volume 2
RIDDIMFRUIT 008
16 Jul 12
Breakbeat
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El Bomba & Hidden Riddim - "Dr Fluteski" - (4:12)
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The Allergies - "Remember" - (3:57) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hong Kong Ping Pong - "Wheres Me Washboard" - (4:41)
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DJ Maars - "Givin Up" - (5:05)
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Review: The second in Booty Fruit's "Proper Produce" series sees four new funk-propelled mash ups hitting the virtual shelves this week. Among the highlights, Beastie Boys fans will certainly appreciate El Bomba & Hidden Riddim's "Dr Fluteski", which uses the same sample source as the NYC legends' "Flute Loop", while The Allergies give Blueboy's "Remember Me" an '80s soul rerub.
Cherry Bombs Volume 3
BOOTYFRUIT 017
23 Jun 14
Hip Hop/R&B
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Hiphoppapotamus - "Jungle Brother" - (5:25) 102 BPM
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DJ Maars - "Boombap Fever" - (4:23) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dizzlematic - "Bombidybye" - (3:40) 91 BPM
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Vida G - "Come Skank" - (5:04) 79 BPM
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Ragga Party Jams Vol  10
DDD 044
07 Apr 14
Breakbeat
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Larry Skg - "Hypocrites" - (2:49) 146 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Maars - "Just Like Music" - (3:48)
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DJ Rebel - "Here Comes The Mashupper" - (4:25)
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DJ Feva - "I Shot Big L" - (5:23) 144 BPM
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Review: Dirty Dubster's popular Ragga Party Jams series continues, with another quartet of dubwise mash-ups and reggae/hip-hop futures. Larry SKG kicks things off with "Hypocrites", an expertly crafted fusion of a classic soulful reggae riddim and well-chosen hip-hop samples. DJ Maars' "Just Like Music" blends a familiar rap vocal and sunshine reggae jam with vocal cuts from a classic Marvin Gaye slow jam, while DJ Rebel's "Here Comes The Mashupper" layers a skanking riddim with all manner of familiar vocal samples. Best of all, though, is "I Shot Big L", in which Bob Marley takes a trip into scratchy reggae hip-hop territory. It shouldn't work, but it's sympathetically produced and sounds like a sunshine anthem in the making.
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